Symphony Concert 2

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Iván Fischer | Janine Jansen

Mozart | Bartók

Sat, 13.04. | 18.30 | No. 19108

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019




    Symphony Concert 2

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra | Iván Fischer | Janine Jansen

    Iván Fischer  conductor
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in C major, K. 338
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Violin Concerto No. 1, Sz 36
    Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (1756–1791)
    Symphony in E-flat major, K. 543
    Béla Bartók (1881–1945)
    Romanian Dances for orchestra, Sz 68

    “Mozart in Hungarian style” might be the title of this concert, with which the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will open its residency at the Easter Festival. The Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer will juxtapose two symphonies of the Viennese classicist with music by Béla Bartók, with results that are sure to be insightful. As a teacher and pianist, Bartók has moreover made a significant contribution to the modern understanding of Mozart, giving the lie to all those clichés about graceful rococo art. “Through Bartók, we were made acquainted with a new Mozart, the right one,” recalled his pupil Júlia Székely, describing the composer’s unsentimental style of Mozart playing, which could even sound dramatic, austere, and dark. By the same token, Iván Fischer will upend the prejudices that regard Bartók as a supposedly “brittle” composer and show his popular side in orchestral dances as well as the sumptuous First Violin Concerto. Fischer says that his enthusiasm for Bartók is by no means only the result of both of them hail from the same homeland: “I would also love his music if he came from Honolulu.”

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    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1949, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.  As its first Chief Conductor, Eugen Jochum developed the Orchestra during his 11-year tenure and brought it international renown, especially through his Bruckner performances. His successor was Rafael Kubelík (1961–79), who expanded its repertoire to include works by Slavic composers, led its first Mahler cycle, and became a champion of 20th-century music. Sir Colin Davis, an acclaimed Berlioz specialist, stood at the helm from 1983 to 1992 and was a dedicated advocate of the Mozart repertoire and of the works of British composers. Lorin Maazel held the reins from 1993 to 2002, leading complete cycles of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Schubert, and Mahler. Since October 2003, Mariss Jansons has held the position of Chief Conductor, presenting a repertoire that ranges widely, from Haydn to Shostakovich and contemporary composers. Many renowned conductors have led the Orchestra, from Otto Klemperer and Karl Böhm through Sir Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Leonard Bernstein to such stars of the present as Herbert Blomstedt, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Sir Simon Rattle, and Franz Welser-Möst, all of whom are scheduled to conduct the ensemble during the 2018-19 season. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra regularly presents world premieres of new works through its “musica viva” series. The orchestra also performs international tours: in November 2018, the musicians concertized under Zubin Mehta in Taiwan, Japan (earning the votes of leading Japanese music critics for top place on their “best concerts of 2018” lists), and Korea and, in March 2019, undertook a European tour with Mariss Jansons. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has appeared in an annual residency at Lucerne’s Easter Festival since 2004.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 August 1965 in a program of works by Bartók and Bruckner under Rafael Kubelík.

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    Iván Fischer

    Iván Fischer, who was born into a family of musicians in 1951 in Budapest, studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in his native city before completing his training as a conductor with Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. After starting his professional career in Britain, he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983, which he then led to international renown and of which he is still artistic director. He has also served as general music director of the Opéra de Lyon and principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2018, he helmed the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, which later appointed him honorary conductor. As a guest conductor, Fischer is primarily associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He has been engaged as an opera conductor by the Vienna Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House in London, the Opéra national de Paris, and numerous other renowned companies. Fischer is also active as a stage director and has presented productions of Mozart operas as well as staged concerts. He founded the Vicenza Opera Festival in 2018. Fischer has moreover been a creative force in developing innovative concert formats, as in his invention of cocoa concerts for toddlers, midnight concerts for students, surprise concerts without a pre-announced program, and a series in which the audience is seated amid the orchestra. As a composer, Fischer has written chamber music, choral works, the music theater piece The Red Heifer, and the children’s opera The Gruffalo. Iván Fischer was awarded the Kossuth Prize, Hungary’s most significant cultural award, in 2006 and, in 2011, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. He is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and an honorary citizen of Budapest.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in works by Liszt as well as Schubert.

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    Janine Jansen

    The violinist Janine Jansen, who was born in 1978 in Soest in the Dutch province of Utrecht, comes from a family of musicians. She began her violin training with Coosje Wijzenbeek at the age of six, later studying with Philippe Hirschhorn and Boris Belkin. It was in 2003, as a BBC New Generation Artist, that Jansen made her debut at the BBC Proms. She has since appeared there regularly, including at the legendary Last Night of the Proms concert in 2014, which was broadcast all over the world on television. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In the 2018-19 season, Jansen is artist-in-residence with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She toured to Japan and South Korea with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle in September 2018; played the Sibelius Concerto with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and Valery Gergiev in December; and performed Mozart’s A major Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Ádám Fischer at the Salzburg Mozart Week in January. Jansen is also a devoted chamber musician. During the current season, she is touring with pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, presenting works by Robert and Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and César Franck. Jansen’s discography includes music spanning three centuries, from Antonio Vivaldi to Benjamin Britten. Her recordings have garnered the Edison Klassiek four times, and she has also received the Concertgebouw Prize, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, and the Bremen Music Festival Prize, as well as the Johannes Vermeer Prijs in 2018. Janine Jansen plays the “Rivaz – Baron Gutmann” Stradivari, which is on loan from Dextra Musica.

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    17.30 | Introduction to the Concert (in German) with Susanne Stähr | KKL Lucerne, Auditorium

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